Vivir Quintana women singing

International Women's Day Solidarity Greetings from DKA/kfb

Clemens Huber from DKA/kfb sent us the following greeting for International Women's Day 2021:

I would like to send you greetings of solidarity on this international women’s day. Here at DKA/kfb I am the person in charge of coordinating our work surrounding gender and struggles for gender equality, so I felt the need to share some thoughts with my colleagues on this day, and I decided to share them with you as well.

I see it as one of the great privileges of my work here at DKA and kfb to work together with so many strong and fearless women, here in Austria as well as in our partner countries, be it the Philippines or in the past Bolivia, India, Myanmar,… Women who stand up against injustice, who rebel against male violence, who fight for human, women's and children's rights, who oppose the destruction of nature, who fight against being pushed into invisibility, who stand up for social, physical as well as sexual self-determination, who work towards an inclusive church, who do not allow themselves to be pigeonholed into a role assigned to them and who courageously stand up for equal rights for all every single day. Many women do this often at cost of their health or social status, sometimes even at risk of their lives. Today, like on all other days, they deserve our respect, our recognition and, above all, our unconditional solidarity.

But also other women deserve this recognition and respect, the ones that might not necessarily be perceived as feminist fighters and who are often overlooked: female workers, small farmers, migrants, women working in precarious conditions in the informal sector, working as cleaners, nurses, carers, single mothers, elementary and preschool teachers, sex workers, women refugees and women who are outside of the workforce due to age, illness or disability and thus often also outside of society.

 Because: If you don't fight for all women, you fight for no women. To put it in the words of U.S. civil rights activist Audre Lorde (1934-92), who described herself as "black, lesbian, feminist, mother, poet, warrior":

"I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own."

 And because feminist struggles for equality and freedom are supposed to be loud, strong and also joyful, here's the soundtrack to go with it - the feminist anthem that Mexican musician Vivir Quintana released for last year's Women's Day in response to violence and femicides in her country, Mexico and that became a sort of feminist anthem:

Song Without Fear, Canción sin miedo (English lyrics below).

 Greetings of solidarity. More power to the women!

Clemens

Canción sin miedo – Song without fear
Vivir Quintana ft. El Palomar

Let the state, the skies, the streets tremble
Let the judges and the judicial system tremble
Today we women were robbed of our calmness
They have sown fear but we have grown wings

Every minute of every week
They rob us of friends, they kill our sisters
Destroy their bodies, let them disappear
Don't forget their names, please, Mr. President!

For all the comrades marching for reforms
For all the girls fighting in Sonora
For the comandantas fighting in Chiapas
For all mothers searching in Tijuana

We are singing without fear, we call for justice
We scream for each one missing
to resonate loudly: We want each other to live!
Let femicide fall hard!

If one day some guy turns off the light in your eyes
There's no way I will keep silent, because enough is enough
If they touch one, we will all respond

 I am Claudia, I am Esther and I am Teresa
I'm Ingrid, I'm Fabiola and I'm Valeria
I am the girl that you raised with violence
I am the mother who now weeps for the dead
And I'm the one who will make you pay

For all the comrades marching for reforms
For all the girls fighting in Sonora
For the comandantas fighting in Chiapas
For all mothers searching in Tijuana

We are singing without fear, we call for justice
We scream for each one missing
to resonate loudly: We want each other to live!
Let femicide fall hard!

And shake the centres of the earth
With the sisterly cry of love
And shake the centres of the earth
With the sisterly cry of love


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